02.07.17 / 02.08.17


bright & shiny things

Blythe Gaissert, voice / Louis Levitt, bass

A duo that marries the shining bravura of the operatic stage and the intellectual brilliance of the concert hall, mezzo-soprano BLYTHE GAISSERT and double bassist LOUIS LEVITT collaborate on an intimate program of works for voice and bass. Together, they trace a line from Anne Boleyn to Kate Bush, exploring the idea of the "bright & shiny" from surface-level pleasure to the darker cost of its pursuit.

Mezzo-Soprano BLYTHE GAISSERT has established herself as a fresh and exciting artist in great demand in the United States for opera, concert and recital engagements. This Texas native has received great praise from critics for her rich sound and intense, dramatic interpretations of operatic roles.  In the 2016-17 season, Ms. Gaissert will be singing Cleopatra in Berlioz’ La Mort de Cleopatra with On Site Opera in NYC, Hannah After in a new production of As One with Opera Colorado, and concerts with EnsembleSRQ, Bronx Arts Ensemble, Music Mountain Chamber Music Festival, and as a soloist with National Chorale at David Geffen Hall. She will also be performing various concerts and master classes with her ensemble I the Siren, and also recording an album with the Classical Alt/Rock group The Knells. www.blythegaissert.com

As the double bassist of Sybarite5, LOUIS LEVITT recently became the first ever double bassist to become a winner of the Concert Artist Guild Competition. In addition to his work with Sybarite5, Levitt has been featured on chamber music appearances that have included the Aspen Music Festival, the Telluride Music Festival, as well as performances with the Grammy nominated Quartet San Francisco, and multiple Grammy winning composer Bob James. He has appeared as a soloist performing Frank Proto's Carmen Fantasy with orchestra, Jean Francaix's Mozart New Look and the solo bass music of David Anderson. Before founding Sybarite5, Levitt performed with the Pittsburgh Symphony, Sarasota Orchestra, Orchestra of the S.E.M., and the New World Symphony. He was an inaugural member of the WABASS Institute where he studied with Hal Robinson, Ranaan Meyer, and Eric Larson. www.sybarite5.org


The Phoenix Concerts
Saint Matthew and St. Timothy
26 W 84, NYC
Tuesday, February 7, 2017 at 7:00pm

in partnership with
Downtown Music at Grace
Grace Episcopal Church
33 Church Street, White Plains
Wednesday, February 8, 2017 at 12:10pm